The Rangers went down in order in the first inning to open their matchup with the Dodgers Friday night at Dodger Stadium, which was an omen for how the rest of the game would go.
The bottom half of the frame started with an uncharacteristic throwing error from Gold Glove infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa, before starter Mike Foltynewicz gave up three home runs in the six-run first inning and Texas ultimately fell, 12-1.
“[The first inning] was just a little bit deflating,” said Rangers manager Chris Woodward. “I think that’s where, as a starting pitcher, that’s your responsibility to kind of go out and maybe get zeros and keep us in the game.
“Folty has been working his butt off, and I feel bad for him. But at the same time, he knows he’s got to go out and execute better than he did tonight. That’s just the bottom line. Anytime you’re down six-nothing after the first thing, you don’t really feel good about the rest of the game.”